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Look at Me ebook

by Anita Brookner


Anita Brookner was born in London and, apart from several years in Paris, was a lifelong Londoner. On one level, LOOK AT ME is a typical Anita Brookner novel about a single, intelligent, lonely English woman. In this case, her name is Frances Hinton.

Anita Brookner was born in London and, apart from several years in Paris, was a lifelong Londoner. She trained as an art historian and taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art until 1988.

I can't read any more Anita Brookner. I want to shake their sedate, mistreated protagonists and leave them with Betty Friedan in one hand and a vibrator in the other.

SUMMARY: Frances Hinton is shy and clever. After twenty years of marriage Blanche Vernon is alone; abandoned by her husband Bertie for a childishly demanding computer expert named Mousie. By day she works in a medical library and every evening she goes back to the solitude of her London flat to write fiction. While Blanche finds this turn of events baffling, she feels that Bertie must have left her because of her overly sensible demeanor. Yet many of their mutual friends disagree.

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It can only be forgotten. And, in a way that bends time, so long as it is remembered, it will indicate the future. It is wiser, in every circumstance, to forget, to cultivate the art of forgetting. It is wiser, in every circumstance, to forget, to cultivate the art of forgetting o remember is to face the enemy. The truth lies in remembering. My name is Frances Hinton and I do not like to be called Fanny.

Anita Brookner CBE (16 July 1928 – 10 March 2016) was an English award-winning novelist and art historian. She was Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge from 1967 to 1968 and was the first woman to hold this visiting professorship. She was awarded the 1984 Man Booker Prize for her novel Hotel du Lac. Brookner was born in Herne Hill, a suburb of London.

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A lonely art historian absorbed in her research seizes the opportunity to share in the joys and pleasures of the life of a glittering couple, only to find her hopes for companionship and happiness shattered
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On one level, LOOK AT ME is a typical Anita Brookner novel about a single, intelligent, lonely English woman. In this case, her name is Frances Hinton. She works in the reference library of a medical research institute in London. Her mother died about two years ago (leaving her an orphan) and she shares her parents' old flat with Nancy, an elderly spinster who had been her parents' maid and cook. Frances leads an extremely ordered and proper and self-effacing existence, and a dull one. She wants some excitement and, ideally, requited love. And, more than anything perhaps, she wants to be able to assert herself and say "I hurt" or "I hate" or I want", or, more generally, "Look at me."

Frances Hinton tries to stave off loneliness and despair by writing short stories and novels in the evenings and on weekends and holidays. That suggests that she is an alter ego of Anita Brookner (trained as an art historian, a writer on the side, and never married).

If you have not heretofore read anything by Anita Brookner, you might find LOOK AT ME more captivating than I did. It is a finely crafted short novel (less than 200 pages). But there is virtually no action; it is a novel of interiority, featuring a phenomenally introverted protagonist. If you are a confident, decisive person, you may well find Frances Hinton intolerably dithering. LOOK AT ME is my fourth Brookner novel, and Frances Hinton is the most extreme - the most pathetic, if you will - of the intelligent, lonely Brooknerian females I have encountered.

What partially redeems LOOK AT ME, and distinguishes it somewhat from other Brookner novels, is the contrast it draws between Frances Hinton, on the outside looking in, and those on the inside, those who are cocksure of themselves, those who say "Look at me" in everything they do. To the extent that there is a narrative arc to the novel, it traces Frances's friendship with Nick and Alix Fraser, a golden couple of bonhomie, badinage, and blazonry. At first, Frances is starstruck and envious and then she compromises herself to become a constant companion, audience, and foil of the Frasers. But what fuels the Frasers' easygoing and glamorous "Look at me" existence is a base self-centeredness, and Frances ends up being hurt and spurned. Life on the outside might be lonely, but it is not shallow and it is not cruel. Oddly, though, while this lesson is manifest to the reader, it is unclear whether Frances herself recognizes it at novel's end.
Ubrise
This book does not have much of a plot, but that is not the point of it. Look at Me delves into the character's inner most thoughts as she navigates her relationships. The realism, complexity and humanity of this novel made it a page turner for me.
Kirinaya
Francis or Fanny, the protagonist in 'Look at Me' reminds me of Emily Dickinson's poem which goes something like 'I'm nobody. Who are you? Are you nobody too?' Fanny walks a lot and talks to herself an awful lot. The descriptions of the London setting were good though. Just when you think Fanny is going to have some fun in her life, the book ends and you can only hope she and the reader find joy after it ends.
Shomeshet
Things move very slow in this world, but each interaction is fraught with tension and subtext.
Zorve
First time reader of Anita Brookner. Exceptional character study of protagonist. I certainly want to read more of her writing.
Yozshubei
complex relationships and great story
Kelezel
I mean that quite literally, give this book a chance. At first glance, and quite frankly through the first chapter, the book comes across as pretentious and boring. However, once you are pulled into the story, you realize that it is remarkably honest and anything but pretentious. It's exploration of loneliness and isolation seems even more apt in our modern digitally connected world.
Brookner creates a fascinating window into the interior monologues of human beings, particularly women. In Fanny you can see all the ways one can mentally reformat their experiences to try and make them more tolerable. You also see how practiced one can become at forgiving instead of becoming angry, and how we may not always be paying attention to those who really love us.
Look at Me ebook
Author:
Anita Brookner
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Plume; Reprint edition (April 24, 1985)
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